Plans have been announced for a new green power station at Wilton which will create 50 new jobs and keep 200 others in work over the next three years.
The 200 million pound project, which is being built by SITA UK, Semcorp and Japanese firm ITOCHU, will turn household waste into renewable fuel.
This renewable fuel will then be used to generate enough electricity to power 63,000 households.
The new plant will be built next to the existing “Wilton 10” Biomass Power Station.
Durham has done its bit for renewable energy - that's the strong view of the Sedgefield MP, Phil Wilson.
The county already has seventeen operating wind farms, with six more having full planning permission and another thirteen in the planning stages.
E.On are hoping to install another 24 turbines in Mr Wilson's constituency.
The Isles site will be capable of producing more than 50 mega watts of power per day, and therefore it is deemed a site of strategic national importance with the final planning decision taken by ministers in London.
Mr Wilson wants the Planning Acts to be revised with the 50 mega watt ceiling raised.
A North East company has unveiled a new state-of-the-art testing centre in the renewable energy field.
The National Renewable Energy Centre in Blyth, is hoping the testing units will help establish the region as a front runner in the field.
Currently, there is nothing like them anywhere else in the world - a point not lost on His Royal Highness the Duke of York when he officially opened the units earlier today, December 3.
The Duke of York has been in Blyth today for the opening of two new National Renewable Energy Centre (NAREC) facilities which have been built for the development of offshore renewable energy technologies.
Since construction began in February 2011, 400,000 man hours have been spent on the regeneration of Narec’s dock-side site in Blyth, Northumberland.
The lead construction contractor, Shepherd Construction, has kept work on the facilities local - placing over half of their orders with businesses within forty miles of the site and employing seventeen apprentices on the project.
The Duke of York will today open two multimillion pound renewable energy facilities in Northumberland as part of his efforts to recognise and support British excellence in science and engineering.
His Royal Highness is visiting the National Renewable Energy Centre (NAREC) to open the facilities for the development of offshore renewable energy technologies.
Costing nearly 34 million pounds to build, the facilities have been funded by both the UK Government and the European Regional Development Fund.